Poll: Has Josh Charles killed career with ‘Good Wife’ exit?

Josh Charles just jumped ship from “The Good Wife” and his timing couldn’t be worse. After all, the show is on an upswing with both critics and audiences.

Is he destined to go the way of Dan Stevens? (Below: Vote in our poll about what will happen to Charles career-wise.)

That British actor refused to re-up with “Downton Abbey,” forcing creator Julian Fellowes to kill off his character in the third season finale. While this import continues to score record ratings for PBS and be a major player at the Emmys, Stevens has since seen his star wane. 

Charles may also wish he had been more mindful of the career trajectory of his “Good Wife” leading lady Julianna Margulies. Remember, she experienced some setbacks after exiting “ER” in 2000 at the end of its sixth season. Indeed, her first series after that — “Canterbury Law” — was axed by Fox in 2008 after just six episodes.  

She landed the lead in “The Good Wife” the following year and has enjoyed a great run ever since, winning the second of her fourth Emmy bids in 2011. While she was snubbed by the TV academy last year, she is on track to contend again this time around. And the show is likely to reap a nomination in the top Emmy category for the first time since 2011. 

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As for Charles, he was nominated at the Globes for the first time this year in the catch-all supporting actor category (he lost to Jon Voight of the Showtime drama series “Ray Donovan“). And he is on track to earn a Supporting Drama Actor bid at the Emmys, ranking sixth with odds of 16/1. 

Charles scored an Emmy nod back in 2011, losing to Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”).This year, Dinklage is in second place with odds of 4/1 behind Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“), who has odds of 2/1 to add a third trophy to the ones he picked up in 2010 and 2012. Paul’s co-star Dean Norris is in third at 15/2 while Oscar champ (8/1) and Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland“) is in fifth with odds of 10/1. 

After you vote in the poll, be sure to make your predictions as to his Emmy hopes using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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